Op-Ed: Equal but Not Equal

Daily Kos
November 4, 2009

"Bill in Portland Maine" opines on the defeat of Maine's marriage equality law and public attitudes toward marriage for gay couples: "[We] are a country that is dead wrong about a lot of things, especially on social issues. We love our comfort zones. We love the status quo. We love saying that all people are created equal, but not actually treating them equal." [Link]

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Op-Ed: After Question 1

Bangor Daily News
November 5, 2009
The Bangor Daily News on the defeat of the marriage equality law in Maine: "Voters have chosen to take a step backward, but as past civil rights debates have shown, that direction is likely to change in the future." [Link]

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Op-Ed: Maine Not Ready to Make History on Marriage

Portland Press Herald
November 5, 2009
The Portland Press Herald editorial board writes, "Maine was not ready to make history Tuesday, but the struggle for equal protection under the law for all of its citizens should keep moving forward. Clearly, if a measure like this ever goes up for another statewide vote, a lot of work would need to be done outside the Portland area to get voters used to the idea that families can take many different forms." [Link]

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Op-Ed: Time for Equal Rights for LGBT Community Is Now

The Los Angeles Times
November 5, 2009
The Times editorial board believes the Maine Question 1 experience indicates that "this struggle continues uphill—and it can’t afford to pause now. Gays and lesbians shouldn’t have to wait for an entire generation to reach voting age in order to receive equal rights." [Link]

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Urban, Rural Divide Defines Differing Views on Marriage

Bangor Daily News
November 5, 2009
Many of the votes against marriage equality in Maine came from rural areas, while urban areas and college towns overwhelmingly voted in support of marriage equality. Suzanne Goldberg, professor at Columbia Law: “This was not a landslide for the vote against marriage equality. I suspect, going forward, that we are on the verge of being at the tipping point.” [Link]

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The Other LGBT Vote: Why Referendum 71 in Washington Matters

Newsweek
November 4, 2009
While gay-rights activists mourn their loss in Maine, they should not discount the projected victory of Referendum 71 in Washington state. If the measure passes, the Evergreen State will be the first to approve equality by direct will of the people, rather than the court or legislature. [Link]

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Referendum 71 margin of approval increases slightly

The Seattle Times
November 4, 2009
The narrow lead in votes to approve Referendum 71 widened slightly with the latest tally released by the Secretary of State's Office. As of late Wednesday afternoon, about 51.65 percent of votes counted thus far were to approve R-71 and 48.35 percent were to reject it. [Link]

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Washington State Ref. 71 Holding Firm

Office of Secretary of State of Washington, Sam Reed
November 5, 2000
(Approved = Pro-Expanded Domestic Partnerships)
Votes continue to be counted with the pro-domestic partnership side having gained since our last post.

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Americans United: The Religious Right’s Allies Win Public Offices In Virginia And New Jersey, Roll B

Americans United for Separation of Church and State
November 4, 2009
Election results in Virginia, New Jersey, New York and Maine serve as a reminder that the Religious Right remains an influential force in political life, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State. [Link]

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Latest Snapshot of Returns on Ref. 71 in Washington State

Office of Secretary of State of Washington, Sam Reed
November 4, 2000
(Approved = Pro-Expanded Domestic Partnerships)

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